What to look for in a bike for your child

It's spring. Time to dust off the bike and hit the trails! (Timothy Wilson For The Washington Post)
It’s spring. Time to dust off the bike and hit the trails! (Timothy Wilson For The Washington Post)

If you’ve recently dragged your child’s bike out of winter storage, only to find he’s outgrown (or worn out) last year’s model, check out the Handy Guide to choosing a bicycle for your child that we published last spring.

It covers everything from whether to get a bike with gears and hand brakes to the all-important helmet fit, and suggests 24-inch models at low, medium and high price points. That size would fit most children ages 7 to 11. It also includes tips on caring for your bike and finding the right size for your child.

Now pardon me while I strap on my helmet and dust off my own bike for a long-overdue spring ride.

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